"My current work is focused on exploring and representing the beauty and sensuality of the female form. My goal is not to achieve an image of an idealized woman, but to accentuate the forms and features which give the piece the certain feelings and vibrations that were evoked by working with the subject.
These pieces are poetry for the eye; beautiful and complete objects without any outside reference necessary. They have a lyrical quality with graceful lines, curves, shapes, and rhythms. The curves of the female figure resonates with these poetic impressions. There is also an introspective feeling and atmosphere within these pieces that separates them from the outside world. Yet, we are sometimes compelled to question if she is responding to a look, a voice, an event, or a memory from that outside world.
Each piece is a statement by itself, but all of the work relates to the same themes of identity and transformation within a world that blurs fantasy and reality. The narrative of each work describes a point of inspiration achieved during the creation of the piece. The titles and and naratives serve only as a guide to the meanings of these works.
I urge each viewer to determine their own particular interpretative vision and emotional response from their encounter with the piece."
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BiographyRichard Hager is a new member to the Sarasota artist community having relocated here from California. He is a self-taught sculptor who sought an artistic outlet during his career as an engineer and business executive. Richard refined his skills through course work at the Athenaeum in San Diego. In 2003 he spent several inspiring months studying stone carving and sculpture in Italy. In San Diego, several regional shows featured his work. Richard is a member of the National Sculpture Society and a past memberof the San Diego Sculpture Guild.
Exhibitions"Nude International 2006" – Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky
"The Nude in Art" 2006 – Sarasota Figurative Artists Coalition, Sarasota, Florida
"Sunfest Fine Art Show" – West Palm Beach, Florida 2005
"Poetry for the Eye" – Featured Artist, San Diego Sculpture Guild San Diego, California 2004
Phoenix Bronze Invitational Sculpture Show, Escondido, California 2003
Mission Valley Library Sculpture Show San Diego, California 2003
San Diego Art Institute – Regional Show, San Diego, California 2003
Athenaeum Art Show, Del Mar, California 2002